December 13, 2010

President Al Gore


Today is the day, back in the year double aught that then Vice-President Al Gore conceded the presidency to a failed Texas businessman.

But during all the kerfluffle of the election controversy, one of us (my wife and I are both educators) had a Scholastic  Book Clubs order come in and there was an order for Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents which they update and add the newest president on the cover and a short bio at the end.  Since they didn't know who it would be yet, Scholastic went ahead and made one for both possible candidates!

This is not a screen grab from a bookseller, this is a photo I just took here in my office.

Included is a letter from a customer service person which reads:

Dear Student,
Because the winner of the Presidential election was not finalized when our January orders started shipping, we have included books about both Presidential candidates.  You will now have information about whoever becomes our 43rd President.
We hope you enjoy both these books and thank you for your understanding.

Crazy, huh?  I wonder how many of these were put into circulation.  I'll hang on to it just for laughs but who knows, maybe it'll be worth something someday...

5 comments:

Michael Taylor said...

I wonder how different the last decade would have been. I dunno if we'd have been better off or not.

Kathy said...

That is pretty cool - I remember that year because I had just had a baby (and had a 3 & 4 yr old also) and my husband worked at CNN at the time and he worked almost 24/7 from election day until we finally had a winner - needless to say our Christmas that year was spent in our PJ's all day - LOL!

Peaceful Reader said...

I wish this book cover had come true-I think lots of things would have played out differently. He was perfect for the job but he was my candidate! Thanks for sharing-I had know idea they actually printed two covers.

Jim Randolph said...

Michael,

Well, we still might have gone into Afghanistan after 9/11, but I doubt we would have ever invaded Iraq, saving the country thousands of lives, billions of dollars and the respect of the world. Katrina still would have happened, but "Heckuva Job" Brownie wouldn't have been running FEMA so I think the response would have been much better, again saving lives, money and respect.

Kathy,

That sounds nutty! What a freaky time.

Peaceful Reader,

Thanks!

-Jim

Michael Taylor said...

I agree with those points. And the nations's environmental policy would have been better. I'm just not sure the economy would have been much better than it is now. Still, it's interesting to have such a physical conversation starter of what could have been.